Manuel L. Montoya

Services: At 10:30 a.m. today there will be a viewing and at 11 a.m. Saturday there will be a mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Jemez.

Manuel L. “Big M” Montoya, 69, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007.

Mr. Montoya was a 30-year resident of Tucumcari. Mr. Montoya was born and raised in Canyon de Hemez. He was a truck driver for 30 years and retired from Consolidated Freight.

Mr. Montoya is survived by six children, David, Mikey, Sharie, Sonnyboy, Adam and Stacy Montoya, six grandchildren, Anthony, Leandra, A.J., Matthew and Michael Montoya, and Christopher Martinez and two great-grandchildren, Dominic and Christopher Aragon. He is also survived by his sisters, Rosie Padilla, Yvonne Jenny Chavez, a brother, Richard Montoya and his companion of 15 years, Julie Martinez.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adan and Ramoncita Montoya, and a sister, Jenny Chavez.

Pallbearers will be Christy Padilla, Dicky Chavez, Eric Martinez, Jr. Zamora, Ruben Moore, Mark Garcia, Albert Placenio, Ralph Arias and Eddie Jimenez. Burial will follow the services at the parish cemetery in Jemez. A reception will follow at the Jemez Community Center.

Arrangements are by Direct Funeral Services of Albuquerque.